Which 14-inch laptop for 500 $?
500 bucks for a cheap laptop is a budget that is starting to get comfortable, for which you can find 14-inch laptops with a really balanced and above all versatile configuration. The power and autonomy are often there, and you enjoy a screen with better definition and quality.
How to choose your 14-inch laptop?
With a budget of 500$ for a 14-inch laptop, we advise you to choose a PC equipped with a Core i5 or Ryzen 5 type processor, which are starting to become widely available, even outside of promotions. We advise you to choose a computer with 8 GB of RAM, and an SSD of at least 256 GB. Forget for good about mechanical hard disks (often 500 GB or 1 TB), which are really no longer of interest at this price level, unless your PC has two disks, an SSD for responsiveness, often 128 GB, and a mechanical hard disk for storage.
Some models under Ryzen 5 are equipped with a Radeo Vega 8 card, allowing, if you can’t play AAA titles, to launch games like The Sims or Fortnite and CS:GO, or even FIFA 20 in average quality. If you plan to play a little bit, avoid integrated Intel card based solutions such as HD Graphics 620
Finally, some PCs available at less than 500$ have an IPS panel, don’t overlook it, because this technology brings real comfort and superior visual quality, while staying within the fixed budget; Full HD resolution (1920×1080) is becoming widespread and is a good choice for a 14-inch.
All in all, you can expect a balanced and rather powerful laptop, weighing around 1.5 Kg and with 8 hours of autonomy, comfortable with most office tasks, surfing, video, and you can also consider a little video creation or editing if you find a PC equipped with a Core i5.
If you want more for your budget, consider a 15-inch laptop.